Just Do It

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Some of our Protestant friends like to quote certain passages from the Letters of Paul in an attempt to convince us that it is faith alone that leads to salvation.  While they are surely earnest in this conviction, the words of Jesus himself clearly teach that the way to salvation requires a combination of faith and the works that flow from it.  This is the meaning of Jesus’ admonishment to his disciples in today’s gospel passage.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
will enter the Kingdom of heaven,
but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them
will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.
And everyone who listens to these words of mine
but does not act on them
will be like a fool who built his house on sand.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

The Lord doesn’t want our faith to be an abstraction.  He commands that we act on our beliefs, loving boldly through acts of charity, mercy and forgiveness.  We can’t treat our love for Christ as a personal possession to be owned.  It is a gift we give to one another.

How?  We just do it.

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One Response to Just Do It

  1. Nancy Novicki says:

    Being a faithful Christian is not just desiring to do the right thing
    but actively working toward it!

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